Definition of mileage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmʌɪlɪdʒ/


[mass noun]
1A number of miles travelled or covered: the car is in good condition, considering its mileage
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  • A study by the AA found that women tend to drive shorter distances, have lower annual mileages and typically drive more slowly.
  • The elegant blonde patrolled the showroom forecourt, pausing to point out low mileages and discuss engine capacity with a female customer.
  • But when they were sold in December and October 2002 respectively, the mileages of both cars showed around 65,000 miles.
1.1 [usually as modifier] Travelling expenses paid according to the number of miles travelled: the mileage rate will be 30p per mile
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  • Later this year, it is probable that there will be a substantial increase in the travelling mileage rate from 38 cents to 60 cents.
  • Unlimited first-class travel within the UK is permitted as well as a mileage rate of 57.7p per mile for parliamentary business.
  • IT51 allows for the payment of motoring expenses through a flat-rate mileage allowance system.
2 informal Actual or potential benefit or use to be derived from a situation or event: he was getting a lot of mileage out of the mix-up
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  • There is no political mileage in talking about the quantity of funding for services when the public is increasingly interested in quality.
  • He pointed out that the circulars were aimed at gaining mileage in the general elections, as was evident from the advertisements.
  • Most writers who display political badges, in fact, want to make mileage in the name of ideology.


your mileage may vary

informal Your experience may be different: as with all holistic treatments you have to keep doing them, and your mileage may vary
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  • Depending on personal agitation techniques, your mileage may vary.
  • I like the music, your mileage may vary.
  • Even a one-line disclaimer of "your mileage may vary" can keep people from losing their cool.

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